Wildlife Trust staff Rob Parry and Lizzie Wilberforce made their annual pilgrimage to Rutland Water last month to promote the Wildlife Trusts at this year’s British Birdwatching Fair. They joined Wildlife Trust staff from all over the UK to help on the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts’ stand, which was promoting Living Landscapes, and celebrating the centenary of the Wildlife Trusts movement. Also flying the flag for Wales at this spectacular show were Kate and Geoff Gibbs, from North Wales Wildlife Trust.
The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, and is now a huge annual event attracting over 20,000 visitors and wildlife enthusiasts over the three days of the show. There are always lots of visitors from Wales and it’s a pleasure to say hello to WTSWW members and supporters over the border.
The event always attracts ‘wildlife celebrities’ and 2012 was no exception. The Wildlife Trusts were fortunate to be assisted by Simon King (definitely a ‘megatick’) in a game of Wildlife Bingo, which attracted large crowds to the stand. He also joined other visitors to the stand in making a wish for wildlife, and added it to our wishing tree by writing his wish on a paper leaf. Other birding TV stars ‘twitched’ by WTSWW staff during the event included Nick Baker, Mike Dilger, and Johnny Kingdom. We know Iolo Williams was at the event but we ‘dipped’ him this time…
The British Birdwatching Fair is a fantastic event, with all manner of stands from wildlife holidays, to other conservation organisations, wildlife art, optics and all kinds of lectures and events such as “Just a Linnet” to enjoy. If you have never been, we definitely recommend a trip for 2013. Keep an eye on their website and if you do go next year, do come and visit us on the Wildlife Trusts stand!